DraftKings NBA Sleeper Picks – December 25th

Merry Christmas everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 25th, 2016. Sunday’s slate is a solid slate with five games on tap. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 12:00 PM EST lock tonight, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know or on Twitter. Hunta512.

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PG: Ricky Rubio: (5,900) Rubio has now returned over five times value in five straight games. In this span he is averaging 34.1 DK points in 37 minutes a game. Outside of his usual assists and rebounds he has stepped up his game defensively and is averaging 2.7 steals a game in these past five games. On Christmas night he has a great opportunity to continue this run vs The Thunder who give up the 7th most DK points to PGs, average the 7th most TOs, and play at the 7th fastest pace this season.

Rubio should be all over the place in this game playing up on pace vs Russell Westbrook who really doesn’t put much effort on the defensive end. He is still way too cheap at $5,900 and is one of safer overall values of this five game slate. Rubio should score 30+ DK points for the sixth consecutive game in this matchup and I am comfortable with him in all formats on Sunday.

PF/C: Enes Kanter: (4,300) Kanter has been great off the bench for The Thunder the past two games, scoring 37.5 DK points vs The Pelicans, and 30 DK points vs The Celtics this past Friday night. He has seen more minutes in these two wins playing 34 and 23 minutes compared to his normal 19.3 minutes a game this season. Kanter will always perform if he sees decent playing time averaging an elite 1.23 DK points a minute and if he sees over 20 minutes again he will likely score at least 20 DK points on Sunday.

This is an average matchup for him with The Wolves allowing the 15th most DK points to centers, but he does have the easier matchup playing against their second unit and not Karl Anthony Towns. Also SG Victor Oladipo is expected to remain out, which is a boost for Kanter, who sees his usage increase 2.1% with a DK +/- of 5.3 points, when the guard is off the floor. He has tremendous upside if he plays similar minutes vs The Wolves and is great GPP play on Christmas Day.

SG: Jamal Crawford: (4,000) With The Clippers playing The Lakers at 10:30 PM I don’t think we will have confirmation if starting PG Chris Paul will be playing or not. He missed The Clippers last game vs The Mavs and is officially listed as questionable with a strained hamstring. With Paul out on Friday night, Crawford stepped up and was huge for this team off the bench, scoring 26 points to go along with six assists in 30 minutes. (35.75 DK points) With both Paul and Blake Griffin out (knee) , Crawford led this team with a ridiculous 35.7% usage rate and a high 54.5% assist percentage. This is obviously a small sample size of only one game, but this year when both stars are off the court, in 421 minutes, he has posted a usage rate of 25.4% and an assist percentage of 20.2%.

If Paul remains out he should have no problem scoring vs this Lakers team that plays at the fifth fastest pace and allows the 12th most DK points to opposing SGs this year. Even with Paul’s status in the air, Vegas is still giving this game a high O/U of 217 points, which is the second highest total of the slate only trailing The Warriors Cavs game. It’s hard to say if he Paul has a chance of playing and even though we most likely we wont have official word of his availability before lock, I still think Crawford is worth rostering at his cheap $4,000 price tag. SG lacks many appealing options with only five games to choose from and it makes sense to me to take the risk with Crawford even with don’t know if Paul is playing.

Also Consider: Austin Rivers/Raymond Felton (if Paul is out), Marresse Speights, Marcus Smart, Rajon Rondo (still too cheap at $5,700) Guillermo Hernangomez, D’Angelo Russell, Pau Gasol, Thomas Robinson (if Tarik Black is out), Nikola Mirotic, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Luol Deng, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, and Avery Bradley.

Alex Hunter / Author

Alex is an experienced and successful daily fantasy sports player that has been competing since DFS began. He specializes in picks for NBA, NFL and PGA. He has been writing for TheSportsGeek.com since 2016. During this time, his picks have won many of his readers big prizes and have helped him become a trusted name in the DFS industry. Not only does he give in depth picks on The SportsGeek.com, but Alex is also an active and reliable Twitter source who gives out updates about his picks and is always there for questions or advice. @Hunta512